Modify Firefox Address Bar Search

By default, when you key in keyword(s) in Firefox address bar, it will search the keyword(s) using Google “I’m Feeling Lucky” option. The “I’m Feeling Lucky” option will load the #1 rank website of the keyword(s) search result, instead of listing matching websites.

Personally, I NEVER use “I’m Feeling Lucky”(not because I am unlucky). I prefer to see a list of matched websites and selecting from them.

To change the Firefox option is very simple, as follows:-

  1. At Firefox address bar, enter about:config and press ENTER.
  2. At Filter: field, type keyword.url
  3. You should see a Preference name of keyword.URL in the list. Double click it, a “Enter String Value” input box will appear.
  4. Replace the string with:
    Click “OK” button and done!

You can replace the string value with any search engine query that you know. Example for Yahoo! search:

*Tested on Mozilla Firefox 1.0 official release.

8 Responses to Modify Firefox Address Bar Search

  1. Dan Russell November 1, 2007 at 6:24 pm #

    Thanks, that was just what I wanted to set google desktop search as my default

  2. MCB December 9, 2007 at 2:26 am #

    Thanks a million!

  3. Jay April 24, 2008 at 12:06 am #

    Great tip, thanks!

  4. GSJA Kemuliaan July 23, 2009 at 8:05 am #

    Terima Kasih buat tips nya. Sungguh sangat membantu

    Tuhan Yesus mengasihi mu

  5. joe August 29, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    thanksm i got some bullshit website as my default search

  6. Name October 5, 2009 at 5:06 am #

    There’s a mistake in your instructions. Instruction 4 has an extra “my” in it. Incorrect version:

    Correct version:

    Personally, as I’m from the UK, I use:

    so that I get the option to have a UK-specific search.

    • LiewCF October 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

      Ya, right. I wasn’t a mistake. I’m from Malaysia, therefore I use

  7. Aronija Srbija April 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    Useful….great tips…ty

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